Snowfall affects National Forest road access

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Bridger-Teton National Forest reminds visitors that all forest roads on the Jackson and Blackrock Ranger Districts close to motor vehicle travel on Tuesday, December 1 or December 15.

Wheeled access is very limited across the whole forest in winter and it is the responsibility of the visitor to know if a road is open regardless of a gate. However, with the recent heavy snowfall, followed by rain and cold temperatures many roads are already impassable. Over the last couple weeks, the winter conditions caused some motorists to become stranded requiring search and rescue and/or resulting in expensive towing bills. To protect public safety, some roads will be gated. This includes Fall Creek, Mosquito Creek, Granite Creek, Forest Park, Bug Creek, Buck Creek roads and many others.

“Oftentimes, visitors forget that there is no snow removal on forest roadways,” said Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek. “As winter progresses, the mountain roads become drifted with snow and unpassable. If not careful, an unsuspecting motorist could get caught on a drifted road or slide off into a ditch and the vehicle cold be stuck there until snowmelt in the spring. Visitors are encouraged to contact their district office for the most up-to-date information.”

Understanding where you can legally and safely drive a motor vehicle is especially important for those planning to search for a Christmas tree over the holidays. Due to the early season snow, finding that perfect tree may take more time. Visitors should plan on snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling. Post-holing through deep snow can quickly drain your energy. Due to the on-going covid pandemic, visitors are encouraged to get their Christmas tree permit on-line at recreation.gov just search “BTNF.” Information to help make your tree cutting adventure memorable can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/btnf/passes-permits/forestproducts/?cid=fseprd577823

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